Sandys Lecture

The Sandys Lecture recognises Lord Duncan Sandys' outstanding contribution to the civic movement across England and each year a speaker is invited to consider challenges facing the movement.

The first lecture took place in April 2014 and fittingly the speaker for the occasion was Laura Sandys.

Since then Civic Voice has hosted two more Sandys Lectures.

Sandys Lecture 2016

Sandys Lecture 2015 

The 2015 lecture was delivered by the former cheif executive of English Heritage, Simon Thurley. The video for this lecture can be seen below.

The Future of the Historic Environment was the key theme to the Lecture and will remain high on Civic Voice's agenda for the year to come. The APPG for Civic Societies' first meeting will be centred around the issue.


Sandys Lecture 2016

The Sandys Lecture 2016 was delivered by Sir Terry Farrell. Sir Terry Farrell CBE is considered to be the UK’s leading architect planner, with offices inLondon, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Throughout his career, he has championed urban planningand helped shape government policy on key issues. This engagement is across the political spectrum having worked on city making and public affairs with all the leading parties: Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, and Scottish National Party, and across the scale range from towns like Ashford, cities like Edinburgh and Newcastle/Gateshead, metropolises like London, and regions for the Government such as Thames Gateway. Furthermore, his outlook and experience are built on many years of consensus building from wide ranging viewpoints.

During 40 years in practice he has completed many award-winning buildings including Embankment Place and The Home Office Headquarters as well as millennium projects such as The Deep in Hull and Centre for Life in Newcastle and Masterplans including Greenwich Peninsula, Paddington Basin, Newcastle Quayside and Brindleyplace. In East Asia, notable projects include Incheon airport in Seoul, Beijing Station and Guangzhou High Speed Station in China (the largest in the world) and high rise KK100 (the tallest building by a UK architect).

He was invited by the Architecture Minister, Ed Vaizey MP, to lead a new, independent Review of Architecture and the Built Environment. He has been the Mayor of London’s Design Advisor and advises the Department for Transport on high speed rail. He is Design Champion for the Thames Gateway, Europe’s largest regeneration project, where he worked for the past decade. As recognition of this, in 2013 he was voted the individual who made the Greatest Contribution to London’s Planning and Development over the last 10 years, awarded by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.